CLEAR BLUE SEAS AND A CITY THAT SMELLS OF LAVENDER: A weekend in Croatia

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My good friend Andrea was getting married in Primosten, so off we went to a little break in Croatia.

Primosten is about 45min from Split via a scenic but slightly scary road by the sea. The town is very pretty, and there are lots of nice restaurants and ice cream shops around. But the big draw is, of course, the beach.

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Primosten is surrounded by beautiful beaches in all shades of blue. The weather was nice and hot, so it was great to cool off with a swim or a cold beer.

After enjoying a lively beach wedding, on Sunday we headed to Split to explore a bit. The Old Town is absolutely amazing, everywhere you turn there’s a new photo opportunity (Croatia is the most photogenic country ever!), from little alleys to ample bright squares.

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Around town you can see the ruins of the Diocletian Palace, lots of cute souvenir shops selling super-cheap lavender and cool restaurants serving local fare (their risotto is the best I’ve had).

We followed the promenade to get good views of the sea and the Old Town, which were made ever prettier by the yellow hues of sunset.

Even before we left I was already planning my return – the sign of a great trip!

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HOW TO DO IT:

  • Go: From London to Split the flight takes about 2h. Primosten can be reached by taxi (50€ each way) or by local busses during the day.
  • Stay: In Split we stayed at Rooms Valentino, where we were greeted by Valentino himself and service was great (we paid 65€ for one night). There are plenty of B&Bs in Primosten.
  • When to go: We went in June, and the weather was hot and perfect for the beach. The shoulder seasons are also a good bet in Croatia, as you get the sunshine without the crowds (particularly in Dubrovnik).
  • If you have one week: Time allowing, driving from Dubrovnik to Pula along the coastline would be a dream holiday – stop at Trogir, Split and other main cities, go for a swim wherever it looks good and stop along the way to buy local figs and olive oil.

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